International Development Research Centre

For Research On Barriers To Women’s Economic Empowerment And Economic Growth In Low-income Countries

Bringing together support from the Hewlett Foundation and the U.K.’s Department for International Development with its own funding, the International Development Research Centre will undertake a program of research to improve economic outcomes for poor women in low-income countries. The project will improve the evidence base on relationships between women’s economic empowerment and macroeconomic growth, and examine the impacts of women’s dual roles as carers and earners on their economic participation and contributions. The research program is also designed to strengthen researcher-policy links and build professional and organizational capacity in low-income countries to take up research on women’s economic status.
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for support of testing models for tailored guidance in care policy process in East Africa  
Building on the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) East Africa Initiative, this grant to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) will support testing models for tailored guidance in women's economic empowerment and care policy processes. IDRC will partner with East African think tanks to rapidly produce demand-driven evidence, provide capacity strengthening, and build coalitions with women’s rights advocates to influence macroeconomic policies that will reduce and redistribute unpaid care. The project aims to generate, synthesize, and translate evidence on the care economy for gender-responsive COVID recovery efforts, specifically in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. (Strategy: Women's Economic Empowerment)
for capacity and gender equity strengthening at Open Data for Development Francophone West Africa  
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), through its Open Data for Development program, will support an emerging network of civil society and government champions of open data in Francophone West Africa known as Communauté d’Afrique Francophone des Données Ouvertes (CAFDO). In phase one, a regional hub was established, two regional conferences held, and 52 microgrants for open data innovations piloted in 15 countries. In this next phase, IDRC will continue capacity strengthening for CAFDO, deepen connections with other regional hubs globally, and expand the microgrants program. IDRC will also support CAFDO and its members to better understand barriers and pilot solutions for gender equity in open data.
for research on barriers to women’s economic empowerment and economic growth in low-income countries  
This grant will support the second phase of the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) research program that aims to catalyze transformative change to advance women’s economic empowerment and gender equality at work, at home, and beyond. GrOW 2 is a five-year partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With a focus on East Africa, GroW 2 will deepen evidence to promote women’s work and remove constraints to work; produce research to drive programming and policymaking to improve women’s formal and informal employment; and mobilize African researchers and institutions to lead in generating credible policy-oriented evidence on women’s economic empowerment.

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